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Subluxation Tuesday

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Thanksgiving is over, so let the shopping stress begin!  Millions of people worldwide will spend the next several weeks in a buying frenzy – determined to secure the perfect gift for a rock bottom price, all while sacrificing their health and their sanity in the process.

According to a 2006 Greenburg Quinlin Rosner Research survey ‘people in the United States are more likely to feel their stress increases rather than decreases during the holidays’ citing, ‘the holidays can be a hectic time for many, and a lack of money, a lack of time, and the hype and commercialism’ is the cause of it all.  No doubt the self induced stress of Black Friday and Cyber Monday can lead to Subluxation Tuesday.

The antidote – Don’t stress over finding the right present; instead, try BEING present.  The greatest gift of all is the innate intelligence within you and a stress free nerve system to express it.  Don’t let this year’s must have item steal your peace and healthiness.  Get adjusted, get your power turned on and focus on the real reason for the season.


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Subluxations Don’t Take Vacations

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Toes in the sand, not a cloud in the sky, 75 degree water temps.  Vacations are the perfect time to decompress, spend precious time with family and friends and reconnect with your soul.  What could possibly stress your body?

How about ten days of sleep on a mushy mattress?  Or two hours of novice water skiing / body dragging lessons.  Not to mention the bottomless Mojito’s and obligatory trips to the dessert buffet… and don’t forget nursing that nasty sunburn from day three.   Unfortunately, stress doesn’t take time off.  The scenery may change, but your nerve system is still hard at work – reacting and adapting to those “relaxing” shifts in routine.  It’s a prime opportunity to become Subluxated.

If you’ve been away from the office for a while, we hope you’re well rested.  But now it’s time to get back on track and into a healthy regimen; especially getting your spine checked and cleared of Subluxations.  When you need to recover from vacation – put Chiropractic on top of your itinerary.


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One Weak Link

Just as one damaged link can weaken an entire chain, a single subluxated bone in the spinal column can cause widespread damage throughout the body.  Not only will a subluxation affect your body’s nerve supply, but it can also lead to chronic structural damage to the spine.

The neurological impact of a subluxation can be devastating.  When nerve flow is choked off from the brain to the body, tissues and organs malfunction and the body breaks down from the inside. If the signal in any of the nerve circuits through the spine is diminished, the body part that it gives life to suffers.  And since the whole body must function in concert to be at its healthiest, one sick or diseased organ weakens the entire body.

If you are under the impression that a single subluxation is no big deal, ask yourself which organ you can afford to damage.

To make matters worse, a single subluxation left uncorrected rarely remains a single subluxation.  When the body is weakened by one subluxation, the potential for developing others increases dramatically, as your body is always working to maintain balance. Imagine you have a stack of building blocks.  If you tilt one block to the side, all of the blocks above it will lean that way as well. In order to overcome the imbalance, one of the leaning blocks will have to be tilted back in the opposite direction.  This is how one subluxation can spawn others.

In addition to impaired nerve function, the structural imbalance resulting from subluxations accelerates spinal decay.  Bone spurs or calcium deposits result from weaknesses created by subluxations. The degeneration is your body’s attempt to strengthen a weakened spine.  It’s like building up a callous on irritated skin.

Broken-LinkRemember also that the discs are affected by the bones that surround them.  When vertebra tilt to the side they squeeze the disc between them and can cause it to become weak and brittle, bulge, or even herniate.  So what started as one subluxation can end up as a degenerated spine.

Like so many things in life, a poor quality of health is the end result of several little factors that compound upon one another.  Address them early on while they are still small and the problem becomes much more manageable.  Wait until a single problem has grown into a full scale crisis, and you’ve got a much larger battle on your hands.  It is much easier to correct a single subluxation than it is to eventually try to overcome the resultant nerve irritation, spinal decay, and disc degeneration. Like routine dental visits, regular spinal check-ups can prevent a simple fix from growing into something much more serious.


Great, or Just Good Enough?

In his best selling business book Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Good is the enemy of great.”  The point is that if something or someone is judged as good, there is little incentive to improve.  On the other hand, an obviously horrible situation is more likely to incite action.

When it comes to health the tendency is to settle for “pretty good”.  As long as you are not in constant pain and can get through the day with minimal drug usage you are right in line with the masses.  Since you are no worse off than most of the people around you, you see no need to take action.  We tend to get into the habit of comparing our health with those around us or with our acceptable definition of what it means to be healthy.

There are 2 major problems with this way of thinking.

GreatnessRoadSignFirst, most of the people around you, on average, have a horrible state of health.  With heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. running rampant it’s a good bet that the people you surround yourself with are a fair representation of these ailments.  Even if you are slightly better off than your friends, is that really all that you are willing to settle for?

Unless you make it a habit of hanging out with elite athletes and the extremely health-conscious, then your circle of friends is probably not the best barometer to judge yourself against.  Sad, but true.

Secondly, we have a tendency to broaden our definition of health to fit our current state. Can’t walk the stairs anymore without getting winded?  It’s not that you are unhealthy, you’re just getting older.  “Sure I’m getting headaches every day, but that’s normal considering the stress I’m under.”  Unfortunately rationalizing your problems doesn’t correct them.

It’s time to stop settling for good enough!  You deserve no less than to live life at your absolute maximum potential at all times possible.

Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well-being, and not just the absence of disease or infirmary.  In other words, feeling good is not good enough.  Being healthy is living at peak performance and experiencing life at its fullest.

Thomas Edison said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  Most of us have no idea how big the gap is between our current state of health and our actual potential.

We can no longer afford to settle for “good”.  It’s time to start astounding ourselves!


Germ Warfare

You never have to wonder when the “cold and flu season” is around the corner.  Big Pharma will be sure that you are reminded of its impending arrival no matter where you turn.

When the dreaded season of doom drapes its black curtain over us, whatever you do, don’t come within sneezing distance of anybody, don’t even think about shaking anyone’s hand or otherwise engaging in bodily contact, and NEVER, EVER touch a doorknob, shopping cart, or any other object that might have possibly come into contact with any human at any point during its existence.

Buy into the hype and you’ll find yourself locked away in a dark room waiting for the hazmat team to give the “All Clear.”

Big Pharma and the medical community at large are depending on you to buy into the hysteria; to leave the fate of your health and well-being up to the questionable workings of chemical-laden pills and shots rather than the innate power that runs your body and the living world around you.Germ warfare

The reality is that germs don’t make you sick.  Rather, your body’s inability to fend off germs and foreign invaders is what results in you succumbing to illness.

Think about it…How is it possible that a family of 5 people living under the same roof can have completely different reactions during flu season?

Assuming that everyone is exposed to the same germs and viruses, if the sickness were attributed completely to the virus, everyone would get sick and exhibit the same reaction and symptoms.

What happens in reality is that one or two family members get ill while the others don’t.  Clearly the issue is not the germs, but the body’s response to them.

Chances are the last time you got sick you were running yourself ragged; missing sleep, eating improperly, slacking on your nutrition, all stressed out from work, skipping your adjustments, and neglecting your workouts.  This is a vicious pattern that many of us fall into and it’s one that weakens the body and allows germs to take hold.

Your best defense against the flu, colds, or any other germ-borne illness is not to drug yourself, but to bolster your internal defenses.  You stand your best chance of being at your healthiest when you have an optimally functioning nervous system and immune response.

So stay adjusted, keep your lifestyle habits in good order, and maintain a positive attitude. Do so, and those pesky little germs don’t stand a chance! 


A House Divided…

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Pain killer…Check.  Anti-inflammatory…Check.  Muscle relaxer…Check.  Antidepressant…Check.

And that’s just breakfast!

For many, starting the day by downing a handful of pills has become the norm, a natural accompaniment to their eggs and toast.  You take pills because you are taught to.  Because somehow the drugs are supposed to wipe the slate clean and zero out your not so healthy lifestyle choices.  Inherently you know that the drugs are not the best thing for you, but you figure that you can settle for good enough if the pills can help you just get by.

There is a reason that every drug or pill that you are prescribed comes with a list of side effects and warnings.  Continually putting foreign/toxic substances into your body over the long run often creates more illness than health.

The reality is that the body is designed to heal from the inside out and express life through an inborn intelligence, and it is only when this intelligence is impeded that the body begins to break down.

Drugging an imbalanced body does nothing to bring it back into balance, and in fact while on the surface it may appear that the drugs are serving a positive purpose, underneath, the body is thrown farther into a state of stress and dis-ease.  In effect, you have created a house divided.

The natural, recuperative power of the body is now pitted against the drug’s toxic effects.  Even when drugs are designed as closely as possible to work in harmony with the human body, it simply is not feasible to introduce chemicals into the body without also inducing stress.

You are either working to support the body’s innate healing or you are working against it.  You can’t have it both ways and expect to see positive change over a lifetime.

The key to producing a lifetime of health and wellness is to develop a unified front; to unleash the full power of the body’s nervous system and then to nurture it through exercise, good nutrition, adequate rest, and a positive mental outlook.

Chiropractic works in unison with the body and serves to optimize your innate healing potential.  It is the natural choice to replenish and maintain optimal health!


Holiday Survival

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of what can be a hectic holiday season, and until we flip the calendar over to a new year, the chaos just doesn’t let up. Since the added demands of this season can stress our bodies to capacity, we need to do everything we can to avoid letting the holiday rush get the best of us. Consider the following tips for your holiday survival to help keep you and your loved ones stay healthy, happy and safe this season.

  • Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors.
  • Wear layers because you may be going from a cold environment outside to a warm environment inside.
  • Instead of lugging around a heavy purse, carry a light backpack or small pocket book with only those items that are absolutely essential.
  • Take frequent breaks, but skip the designer coffee at the java stand and drink water instead.
  • If at all possible, leave your children at home.

Do not wrap packages while sitting on a hard floor-you’re more apt to strain a muscle in this position. Instead, vary your position from standing at a counter-top to sitting on a bed or comfortable chair.


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